If you’re planning to add e-commerce to your small business website, here are some great resources to help you get started. These are in addition to the e-commerce plugins I’ve already mentioned in Resource List for Your WordPress Website. The list below features a WordPress and Ecommerce ebook, another free WordPress e-commerce plugin, and some e-commerce badges to add to your website.
It’s the holiday season, and many small businesses do something special for their clients, customers, marketing, or websites to mark the season. So today I’m sharing some holiday resources to help you with images, fonts, messages, and icons for your small business cards, promotions, and websites, and a falling snow plugin for your website.
If you’re trying to blog oftener for your small business, here is some help and inspiration.
“Blogging More Regularly”
You know you should blog more for your business, but it’s easy to let it slide, and soon it’s been weeks or even months since you last blogged. Chris Lema has a great blog to follow with lots of information on WordPress and business and blogging. He’s also an amazing speaker. Chris has a four-part email course to help you blog more regularly.
Here are some more finds to help with your small business and your website.
50 Call-to-Action Templates
Hubspot has a set of 50 Calls-To-Action Templates to help you create buttons and graphics for your small business website and marketing materials. All the buttons and graphics can be edited easily in Power Point, and they’ve included step-by-step instructions in the file. The templates range from simple buttons to more complex graphics with five types of calls-to-actions included.
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Here are some finds to help you with your website, whether it’s for your business or for fun!
Quirky Nots Font
The Quirky Nots font above by Amit Jakhu was created as a student project for a typography class. Jakhu says, it’s “a little rough, clumsy & fun with a hint of delight.” It is a fun and delightful, handwritten font. It can be used where ever you need a bit of whimsy. This font is free to use however you like.
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And why does your small business need it?
Responsive website design allows your website to be viewed easily on mobile phones and tablets without having a separate mobile website. It allows for easy reading and navigation across all devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones – without the user having to resize or zoom the site.
According to study findings, 24 percent of total website traffic came from mobile devices in the beginning of 2013 — up 78 percent from the same time in 2012 and 109 percent since 2011.
Walker Sands, June 12, 2013
This resource list for your WordPress website highlights resources I actually use for my clients or myself. There are lots of other good resources; these are just mine.
Domain Name Registrars
Namecheap - This registrar has good prices and customer support. Their management interface is easier to use than most.
Tiger Technologies - Besides amazing support from company employees, this website hosting company gives refunds for partial months, if you cancel hosting. They have reasonable monthly or yearly prices, support from their own employees (no outsourced support), no CPanel, but a clean, simple interface, one-click WordPress install, shell access, up-to-date PHP, MySQL database access, backups, carbon neutral hosting, free domain name with hosting.
WPEngine - This website host has great WordPress-only hosting; they have managed updates (They update WordPress for you automatically.), daily backups, malware scanning, and staging area for testing.
You’ve heard it before. “Your small business needs to build an email list for marketing. Without an email list, you have no business.” But you’re working with a very small budget right now, so what are your options?
Here are four easy-to-use, no cost email newsletter services to use to build your small business email list. All work with a WordPress website, and two work with any website. All can use double opt-in, so that you comply with CAN-SPAM Act. And you do need to comply with CAN-SPAM, so that your business is not marked as a spammer, and also so that more of your email newsletters reach your client’s inbox, rather than being delivered to their spam folders. You can read more about the “why” for using an email newsletter service. Also be sure to read the Terms of Service before you choose a service because the no-cost plan may not be available for your type of business.
- Jetpack Plugin Subscriptions
- Mad Mimi
- Mail Chimp
- Wysija Plugin
Saturday, November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and help neighborhoods across the country. I encourage you to take a break from online and big box shopping today, and support a local small business. Shop Small® today! I’ll be shopping for gifts for my sisters and sisters-in-law at a small business in my neighborhood today!
Amethyst Website Design is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday. I have discounts on all blog and website design packages of up to 25%. For all the details, you can view my offers here. Discounts are in effect for a full week. They include:
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The Jetpack plugin now has a Custom CSS module for you to use to edit your WordPress Website theme. This means that you can customize your website design very easily, and more importantly, safely. Any changes you make here are easy to remove, and your default theme is still intact. Get started with the Jetpack plugin if you don’t have it installed.
Activate the Jetpack Custom CSS Module
In the admin sidebar, click Jetpack. Then scroll down through the Jetpack modules until you see Custom CSS. If you see a blue “Activate” button, click on it to activate the module. If you see the “Learn More,” and “Configure” buttons, this module is already activated. See the image above.